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Running time
121 min.
United States United States
Steven Zaillian (Book: Oliver Sacks)
Randy Newman
Miroslav Ondricek
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Columbia Pictures
Drama | Melodrama. Medical. Disease. Disability. 1960s. Based On A True Story
Movie Groups
Oliver Sacks Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) is a pioneering neurologist who wants to take a risk and give his patients who suffer from encephalitis a drug used for Parkinson's Disease. He tries it out on one man who miraculously wakes from his perpetual catatonic state. After his initial success, the hospital staff allows him to "wake" the other patients on the ward, who all make remarkable recoveries. But the "miracle" proves fleeting as, one by one, the patients return to their solitary, trance-like worlds.
1990: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Movie, Actor (Robert of Niro), Adapted Screenplay
1990: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Actor Drama (Robin Williams)
1990: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Robert De Niro)
1990: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1990: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1990: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Robert De Niro)
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